Presenting your 2019 Westfield Local Heroes
We are excited to announce your three 2019 successful Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Manukau.
These inspiring local leaders were nominated and voted for by the community and will now be awarded a $10,000 grant for each of their affiliated organisations to help their important work to grow.
Westfield Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities. Launched in 2018, the program spans our 40 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, we are awarding $1.2 million to 120 local organisations.
In February 2020, we will open nominations for the 2020 Westfield Local Heroes program, so start thinking about those people in your communities who make a difference
Your three Westfield Manukau Local Heroes are:
Compassionate . Generous . Kind
Once a week, Edward (Eddie) Uini would go out offering to pay laundromat fees for people sleeping rough. His aim was to emulate Australia’s Orange Sky mobile laundromat and shower service. He had been running his private charity for about six months when he phoned the Australian operation for advice. Luckily, their CEO was coming to Auckland the following week and they met. “We quickly realised our values lined up and we came up with a strategy to have a van in Auckland,” says Eddie, who is now the local operations manager.
Lucy Shah Mohamady
Community Service Connect
Aroha . Generous . Practical
Lucy Shah Mohamady has been driven to help others since she was a young child. She is always on the lookout for practical solutions, which is what inspired her to start a charity, Community Service Connect Trust. Lucy and her team of volunteers make daily trips in their own vehicles to collect surplus food, non-food necessities and clothes to distribute out to people in need and encourage people of Aotearoa to engage in charitable acts. Lucy says; that “to strengthen our society, we need to start fixing within our homes and work outward into our communities we live in. People are the building blocks to society, and services are the mortar that bind the two”.
Devoted . Inspirational . Passionate
The lack of empathy Sarah Numan experienced after losing a baby has made her determined to help others through their grief. She does this through Baby Loss NZ, which provides tangible memories by taking hand and foot castings and creating stone replicas for bereaved families. She trained as a birth and bereavement doula to offer families full support before and during birth as well as afterwards in the memory making. “My dedication and passion have helped take the death of a baby from being a taboo topic into a socially accepted topic,” she says.
Recognising all our 2019 nominees
We congratulate all of our finalists and nominees and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.
View all of the finalists, nominees and their organisations
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